India vs Australia: Virat Kohli Set To Return

India skipper Virat Kohli, after missing out the last few ODIs against New Zealand abd the T20I series is all geared up to make a come back for the upcoming series against Australi. 

While the regular skipper’s return to the team is confirmed when the selectors meet in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headquarters in Mumbai on Friday, what will be interesting to see is how the workload of someone like Rohit Sharma is looked at going into the final few games before the 2019 World Cup.

Sources in the know of developments have told Hindustan Times that while skipper Kohli’s return is a given, Rohit could be rested for the two-match T20I series as he has been playing non-stop cricket and was also part of the Test squad in the previous series against Australia. The selectors will announce the squad for all the seven games on Friday — two T20Is and five ODIs.

Not just Rohit Sharma but there could be few other players who could be asked to sit out against Australia. Fast-bowler Jasprit Bumrah is set to return after being rested for the limited overs leg in Australia and New Zealand and he could replace fellow pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the line-up.

  1. Yuzvendra Chahal too has been playing continuous cricket and was the preferred option in the T20Is, ahead of Kuldeep Yadav. The selectors would want to give him a break and try out few other spinning options.

India vs Australia: Austraila Fast Bowler Mitchell Starc Dropped Out Of Series

Mitchell Starc, Australian fast bowler has been dropped out of the ODI series against India due to an injury that striked during the second Test win against Sri Lanka. Two T20Is and a five- match ODI series against Australia is to happen in India. 

Starc will be replaced by Kane Richardson in the 15-man squad announced by Cricket Australia on Thursday. Starc, who was the man of the match in the second Domain Test against Sri Lanka in Canberra for claiming 10 wickets, is suffering from pectoral muscle injury in his upper body.

Richardson, who shone in the Big Bash T20 League for the Melbourne Renegades, is recalled for his first international series after Australia were whitewashed 5-0 by England last year. “Kane not only has experience playing ODI cricket for Australia, but he’s also performed well for his country when given the opportunity,” said selector Trevor Hohns in a statement.